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American runner D’Agostino guts out four-plus laps with ugly knee injury

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American athlete Abby D’Agostino gutted out four-plus laps after appearing to suffer a painful injury after plunging into into the back of New Zealand’s Nikki Hamblin.

D’Agostino, 24, had no time to avoid a stumbling Hamblin during her heat of the women’s 5000m.

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Hamblin lay splayed on the blue track, and D’Agostino tried to help her up. Once that happened, D’Agostino crumbled back to the track twice, her leg buckling both times, and the Kiwi runner stayed with her for some time before rejoining the race.

After remarkably finishing the race, D’Agostino was helped off the track in a wheelchair.

D’Agostino would’ve been in trouble for making contact with a runner either way should she have made a miraculous comeback into contention.

Shelby Houlihan and Kim Conley of Team USA ran the other heat, with Houlihan qualifying for the final with a fourth-place run. Conley finished 12th.

Bernard Lagat emotional after missing first Worlds team since 2005

Bernard Lagat
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Bernard Lagat has failed to qualify for a World Championships for the first time since he began representing the U.S. after his switch from Kenya a decade ago.

“It is really, really strange. We had my kids there,” Lagat told media after finishing 10th in the 5000m at the U.S. Championships in Eugene, Ore., on Sunday, before pausing as his voice started cracking. “They came to see me. … I wanted to win it for them. I saw them there, gave me a hug. I was going to do it for them.”

Lagat, 40 and a four-time Olympian, is the only American to win a World Championships 5000m medal, taking gold in 2007 and silver in 2009 and 2011.

Ryan Hill won the U.S. 5000m title in 13:50.69 (race video here), followed by Ben True and Galen Rupp, a duo who also made the U.S. team in the 10,000m on Thursday night. Rupp, the Olympic 10,000m silver medalist, held off Garrett Heath by .07 to earn the final automatic World Championships berth in the 5000m. True still must run the IAAF standard of 13:23 by Aug. 9 to race the Worlds 5000m.

Earlier in the women’s 5000m, Nicole Tully won by .01 to lead three first-time World Championships qualifiers.

Tully emerged from a pack of four in the final straightaway and edged Marielle Hall by .01 in 15:06.44 (race video here). Abbey D’Agostino was third in 15:06.59 to round out the World Championships teams.

Emily Infeld and Shalane Flanagan, who made the Worlds team in the 10,000m on Thursday, were fourth and fifth behind Tully, Hall and D’Agostino.

The women’s race was missing the top two from the 2014 U.S. Championships. Molly Huddle withdrew after she won the 10,000m on Thursday night. Shannon Rowbury opted not to race to focus on the 1500m later Sunday.

A U.S. woman has never won an Olympic or World Championships 5000m medal.

The U.S. Championships conclude later Sunday on NBC and NBC Sports Live Extra from 4-6 p.m. ET.

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